The AFC championship game was full of controversial moments that took place en route to the New England Patriots’ victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
The contest ended when the team that won the coin toss in overtime went down the field and scored a touchdown, which led to more outrage over the NFL’s overtime rules and calls for a change.
But another source of controversy came when Tom Brady had a blinking green light shone on him while he was at the line of scrimmage.
Our photographer, Turner Twyman, caught someone pointing what appears to be a laser pointer in Tom Brady’s face last night. Play between the “muff” that wasn’t and Sorensen int. @NFL, @Patriots and @Chiefs all told me they weren’t aware of the incident. pic.twitter.com/ejWBQ6i64C
— William Joy (@WilliamKMBC) January 21, 2019
It was later revealed that it was a laser pointer directed at Brady from a fan in the stands at Arrowhead Stadium.
Through the use of videotape and eyewitness reports, that man has now been identified and is facing a stiff penalty, according to a news release Tuesday from the Jackson County, Missouri, Prosecutor’s Office.
Dwyan Morgan, 64, of Lee’s Summit, received a ticket for disturbing the peace and faces up to a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000, the release said.
He is scheduled to appear in Jackson County Municipal Court on July 17.
The Chiefs said Morgan was not a season ticket holder but still faces a lifetime ban from Arrowhead Stadium, according to The Kansas City Star.
The NFL started looking into this matter as soon as the AFC championship game ended. At the time, a Patriots representative said the team was aware of the league’s investigation but had no comment.
Coach Bill Belichick was asked about it ahead of the Super Bowl and offered his typical reply:
Asked if he has any comment on a report of a laser pointed at Tom Brady on Sunday in KC, Bill Belichick said, “Yeah, right now we are really focused on getting ready for the Rams. That’s what I’m working on.” Asked a follow-up, he said, “Working on the Rams.” #laserfocused
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 22, 2019
Brady also made no mention of the laser pointer after the game, and it didn’t seem to affect him during the game. He threw for 348 yards and a touchdown in New England’s 37-31 victory.
This isn’t the first time a fan has been caught directing a laser pointer at a player on the opposing team.
In 2015, an 18-year-old Detroit Lions fan was caught directing a laser pointer at Buffalo Bills players during a game at Ford Field.
Marko Beslach was banned for life from Ford Field and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, the Detroit Free Press reported.
He was given a one-year suspended sentence and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service and pay a $235 fine.
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